The Skyless City premiered in Tehran in 2009. It was presented at the Avignon Theater Festival in France in 2010 (named "best foreign theater") and at the Laboratory Theater Festival in Italy in the summer of 2012. Moradi, an internationally recognized director from Iran, is proud to now bring the play to Minnesota.

Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking—the smuggling of migrants by criminals who exploit desperate people, many of whom endure unimaginable hardships in their bid for a better life. The Skyless City, written by Pourya Azarbayjani and Moradi, tells the story of four women, from different parts of the Middle East, who try to escape their lives and find a new journey.

Nasrin and Alma are in an abandoned subway station in Paris, France. They are waiting to receive their passports from the human trafficker who smuggled them from the Middle East. They remember other women who were with them in this difficult journey and didn’t make it. The play addresses global issues in human trafficking, drawing on personal stories from women in different regions.

The Skyless City opens November 8 and continues through November 18, 2012 at Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 pm. Tickets are $15 or $8 for seniors and students. Purchase through Dreamland Arts at 651-645-5506 or